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K&F News Brief: IRS Nationwide Tax Forum Set For July 29

On April 19, 2022 the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced that the annual IRS Nationwide Tax Forum will be held virtually this year, beginning July 29, 2022. Like last year’s event, the 2022 IRS Nationwide Tax Forum will be broken into a series of live-streamed webinars airing every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday over the course of five weeks.

For over 30 years, the IRS Nationwide Tax Forum has provided tax professionals from across the country with the opportunity to learn from IRS experts and affiliates about recent trends and enforcement efforts. The 2022 Forum will feature a keynote address from IRS Commissioner, Charles P. Retting, a plenary session on tax law and IRS publication updates, and sessions on other topics of high interest to tax professionals. The full schedule and list of sessions will be released by the beginning of May.

Highlights from last year’s Forum include an advanced program on cyber threats facing small and medium-sized business in the tax industry, focusing on recognizing signs of phishing, spear-phishing, ransomware, and email compromise, and the best ways to avoid these threats.  Relatedly, IRS Criminal Investigation (CI) presented a “Deeper Dive into Emerging Cyber Crimes and Crypto Tax Compliance,” discussing, inter alia, identifying the Dark Web and its use for cybercrime and identity theft, and understanding CI’s efforts to combat cyber criminals.

As with last year’s program, this year will offer small, virtual focus groups that allow qualified attendees to participate in discussions with IRS representatives about specific issues facing taxpayers and tax professionals, and exchange ideas for improving existing IRS policies and practices.  Last year, one focus group, presented by IRS Small Business/Self Employed (SB/SE), entitled “Passport Program & Virtual Currency Tax Compliance,” discussed the IRS Passport program that began in 2018 as a partnership between the IRS and the Department of State (DOS), under which an individual’s “seriously delinquent tax debt” may implicate that individual’s passport use, issuance, and renewal.

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